What do I say in interviews about why I left my last company?
February 19,2023 at 8:07PM UTC
Late last year my company started having financial trouble and layoffs happened nearly every week since - usually with no rhyme or reason and all US based in a global company. As expected the stress of a reduced workforce and the leadership team seemingly to have lost their minds, took its toll on me and my team. I protected them as much as I could.
One day, I was called incompetent for a minor mistake on a call with 6 other people by the CEO. That was all I could handle. I messaged my team and my boss that I was taking the rest of the day off because I didn't feel well. I needed a mental health break.
The next day I was fired. My boss told me that he lost trust in me among some other horrible things that were absolutely not true. This was the first conversation of any kind like this in my 15 months there.
The rumor mill confirmed that I was actually fired because they thought I had an interview the day before.
I don't have an answer for the "why I left" question that isn't negative or drama filled. Can I say I was laid off due to financial trouble?
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